Flea markets and thrift stores are almost the same thing with a combination of new, used, and antique item possibilities. The main difference is ownership. Typically, thrift stores are affiliated with a church or some other nonprofit organization. Flea markets, most often, are made up of several individuals that rent booths from a store or property owner. The prime differences, in the customer’s eyes, are some flea marketers will consider swapping merchandise for merchandise, or buying merchandise on the spot. Price negotiating with a private vendor is another possibility.
The majority of the stores on this list are not listed in the phone book. In addition, many local residents are not aware of all of these listings. The possibility of finding antiques at some of the locations listed is a definite. The stores are listed in an order so you can visit all of them without zig zagging and wasting time and gas. The list below only includes flea markets and the like that have a roof and electrical outlets available for testing merchandise prior to purchases. The list, at this time, attempts to include locations within a 5 mile radius of Jasper. If a flea market wants to be listed, contact the author or add a comment at the bottom of this article. Include name and location. Antique dealers are welcome to post their shop and location. Local listings only please.
Let’s go shopping. Leave Birmingham, Alabama on US Highway 78 West. The first town after leaving Jefferson County on US 78 is Sumiton, which is located in Walker County. 5 miles past Sumiton you will cross a long bridge. Look to your right between mile markers 164 and 165, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
A throw down style flea market US Hwy 78 will be there under the sheds. (This is mostly a morning show, a lot of the vendors leave early).
About a mile further down US 78, between mile markers 165 and 166 on the south west side of the road at the first of 3 caution lights is
C W’s Flea Market US Hwy 78. Several other vendors are behind C W’s on Flea Market Lane. Usually, all vendors are there Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with 2 or more vendors open until 4pm or later. (1 or more vendors, however, is generally open 7 days a week, possibly until dark).
America’s Thrift Store 4121 Hwy 78 East Jasper. Open until 9:30 pm Mon. – Sat.
Next, proceed to the second red light past the American Thrift Store and turn left. Follow this road for about 2 miles. After going through a stop sign and 2 red lights, continue on to the
Antique Shoppe 308 19th St E
next continue on 19th St to the next stop sign. Turn left and go one block to the
Salvation Army Thrift Store 207 E 20th St
now go to the other end of the Salvation Army building
Missions Unlimited Thrift Store 251 E 21st St
Next, proceed west on 20th St until it ends and intersects with Hwy 269 and Hwy 69 at the red light by Posey’s Hardware. Continue through the light on Hwy 69 going towards Oakman, Alabama. Your destination is 2.9 miles from the light to a
Flea Market Hwy 69 by Self Brothers Tires which is at the intersection of Hwy 124 and Hwy 69. Open Fri. 9 – 5, Sat. 8 – 5, and Sun. 10 – 4
Next return to the red light 2.9 miles behind you and turn left onto Elliott Boulevard. (Turning right would put you on Hwy 269). 1 and 1/2 blocks on the right is the
New and Used Store 1805 Elliott Blvd next to Melissa’s Flowers Open Mon. – Sat
Double D’s Flea Market 910 W 18th St Open Wed. – Sun.
Flea Market Skyline Drive off US Hwy 78 W just past Bull’s Building Supply. Fri, Sat. and Sun.